Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Weather has become the latest victim of spin-doctoring
Remember we were told that this Summer would be hot? Looking out at yet another rainy July morning I wonder-is there pressure from the Tourist board on the Met Office to predict good Summer weather?
The real problem for the Met Office is that this is the third summer in a row where its forecast has failed. In 2007, the Met Office chirped: "The summer is yet again likely to be warmer than normal. There are no indications of a particularly wet summer."
We got downpours and floods in the wettest summer for England and Wales since 1912. Temperatures were below average.
In April 2008, the Met Office forecast: "Summer temperatures are likely to be warmer than average and rainfall near or above average."
That did not prepare people for one of the wettest summers on record with high winds and low sunshine.